Russia stepped up its campaign for a new trans-Atlantic security treaty that would bolster Russia's global influence, saying Sunday that President Dmitry Medvedev had sent a draft proposal to foreign leaders.
The treaty would prohibit signatories from taking action that would "affect significantly" the security of any other party to the pact. That clause could give Moscow a strong say in shaping NATO policy and a lever to limit US support for ex-Soviet republics such as Georgia, whose military was routed in a five-day war with Russia last year.
Medvedev has been trying to sell the idea of an overarching security pact to Europe and the US since he took office in May 2008, but has met a lukewarm reception. Western leaders have politely expressed interest, but asked for more details and warned there is no need to replace existing security arrangements.
Russian officials have said the proposal is not meant to weaken or replace NATO, which was created after World War II to counter the Soviet Union.
But the draft is unlikely to ease Western concerns that the pact could significantly bolster Russia's influence when trust is still frayed by its invasion of Georgia and its recognition of two Moscow-backed separatist regions in Georgia as independent nations.